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Conplast RP2020

constructive solutions

Retarding water reducing admixture


Technical support

To help maintain the workability of ready mix concrete

deliveries particularly in hot weather concreting.

Fosroc provides a technical advisory service for on-site

assistance and advice on mix design, admixture selection,
evaluation trials and dispensing equipment.

To extend working times of concrete.

To improve the effectiveness of the water content of a
concrete mix.
Water reduction significantly improves compressive
strengths at all ages and enhances durability.

The optimum dosage of Conplast RP2020 to meet specific
requirements should always be determined by trials using
the materials and conditions that will be experienced in use.
The normal dosage range is 0.2 to 0.7 litres/100 kg of
cementitious material, including PFA, GGBFS or microsilica.

Improved workability and workability retention reduces

placing problems.

Use at other dosages

Controlled retardation extends working life and stiffening

time for ease of construction.

Dosages outside the normal rang quoted above can be

used to meet particular mix requirements. Contact Fosroc
for advice in these cases.

Control of stiffening improves slip forming and assists in

preventing the formation of cold joints in large pours.


Minimised transportation delay problems maintains

placeability and reduces the risk of pump blockage.

Specific gravity:
Chloride content:
Air entrainment:

Improves cohesion in mixes with poorly graded sands or

a lack of fine material, minimising bleed and segregation.

Alkali content:
Improves pumpability, trowellability and surface finish.
Allows specified strength grades to be met at reduced
cement content then allowing economical in mix designs
to be achieved.
Chloride free, safe for use in pre-stressed and reinforced
Standard compliance
Conplast RP2020 complies with BS 5075 Part 1 and with
ASTM C494 as Type A and Type D.

Instructions for use

The level of retardation obtained may be varied by altering
the dosage of Conplast RP2020 used, which will also alter
the level of water reduction obtained. Retardation is also
affected by factors other than the admixtures, depending on
the mix details and conditions involved. Major factors
include the following:

Conplast RP2020 is a chloride free water reducing
admixture based on selected lignosulphonate materials. It
is supplied as a brown solution which instantly disperses in
Conplast RP2020 disperses the fine cement particles in the
concrete mix, enabling the water content of the concrete to
perform more effectively. The initial hydration of the cement
is also delayed, resulting in a delay in the setting time of the
concrete with no adverse effect on subsequent stiffening
and strength gain.

Brown liquid
Typically 1.160 at 20 C
Nil to BS 5075
Typically less than 2% additional
air is entrained at normal dosages.
Typically less than 5.0 g. Na2O
equivalent/litre of admixture.



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Cement replacement materials will usually give

greater levels of retardation than concrete mixes
made with ordinary Portland cement at the same
admixture dosage.
High temperatures will require increased dosages to
obtain the same change in stiffening time compared
to a control mix.
Changes in cement content, source or chemistry
may lead to variations in the retardation obtained.
The amount of tri-calcium aluminate in the cement
has been identified as being one of the main
contributory factors in this respect, with a lower
level leading to greater retardation.

Conplast RP2020


Conplast RP2020 is compatible with other Fosroc

admixtures used in the same concrete mix. All admixtures
should be added to the concrete separately and must not be
mixed together prior to addition. The resultant properties of
concrete containing more than one admixture should be
assessed by trial mixes.

Health and safety

Conplast RP2020 is suitable for use with all types of

ordinary Portland cements and cement replacement
materials such as PFA, GGBFS and micro-silica.

Suitable protective gloves and goggles should be worn.

The correct quantity of Conplast RP2020 should be

measured by means of a recommended dispenser. The
admixture should then be added to the concrete with the
mixing water to obtain the best results. Contact Fosroc for
advice regarding suitable equipment and its installation.

Conplast RP2020 does not fall into the hazard

classifications of current regulations (see notes 1 and 2
below). However, it should not be swallowed or allowed to
come into contact with skin and eyes.

Splashes on the skin should be removed with water. in

case of contact with eyes rinse immediately with plenty of
water and seek medical advice. If swallowed seek medical
attention immediately.
For further information consult the Material Safety Data
Sheet available for this product.

Effects of overdosing
An overdose of double the intended amount of Conplast
RP2020 will result in a significant increase in retardation as
compared to that normally obtained at the intended dosage.
Provided that adequate curing is maintained, the ultimate
strength of the concrete will not be impaired by increased
retardation and will generally be increased. The effects of
overdosing will be further increased if sulphate resisting
cement or cement replacement materials are used.
Over-dosage may also cause increased air entrainment,
which will tend to reduce strength. The degree of this effect
will depend on the particular mix design and overdose level.
The overdose admixture should be obtained by site trial.
Estimating - packaging

Conplast RP2020 is water based and non-flammable.

Cleaning and disposal
Spillages of Conplast RP2020 should be absorbed onto
sand, earth or vermiculite and transferred to suitable
containers. Remnants should be hosed down with large
quantities of water.
The disposal of excess or waste material should be carried
out in accordance with local legislation under the guidance
of the local waste regulatory authority.
Note 1: CPL Regulations 1984 Supply-Schedule 1.
Note 2: HSE publication Guidance Note EH40.

Conplast RP2020 is available in 210 litres drum or bulk

supply. For larger users, storage tanks can be supplied.
Conplast RP2020 has a shelf life of 12 months provided the
temperature is kept within the range of 2 C to 50 C. Should
the temperature of the product fall outside this range contact
Fosroc for advice.
Freezing point:

Approximately -4oC

Important note:
Fosroc products are guaranteed against defective materials and manufacture and are sold subject to its standard Conditions
for the Supply of Goods and Services, copies of which may be obtained on request. Whilst Fosroc endeavours to ensure that
any advice, recommendation, specification of information it may give is accurate and correct, it cannot, because it has no direct
or continuous control over where or how its products are applied, accept any liability either directly or indirectly arising from the
use of its products, whether or not in accordance with any advice, specification, recommendation of information given by it.

Fosam Company Limited

Head Office
Post Box 11081
Jeddah - 21453
Saudi Arabia


Telephone: +966 2 637 5345

Fax: +966 2 637 5891

email: fosam@fosroc.com

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Jeddah Sales Office
Jeddah Showroom
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Registered Office: Industrial Area, Phase 4, Road No. 414, Street No. 407

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